Franklin County murder suspect captured in Mexico after 11 years on the run

Murder suspect, Vincente Soto, was captured after 11 years on the run.

Posted: Nov 13, 2017 3:37 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2017 8:46 PM

After 11 years on the run a capital murder suspect is back in custody in the Shoals.

Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver said the FBI and U.S. Marshals helped locate Vincente Soto in Mexico.

Soto was charged with capital murder in a 2005 Franklin County case.

Officials said a lot work and negotiations with the Mexican Government went into getting Soto back in America.

"He just needed to answer to his charges here," said Franklin County Sheriff, Shannon Oliver. "It was a huge relief to know that he was here and we were able to get him picked up."

Oliver said Soto is charged with the 2005 murder of 31-year-old Dionicio Bahena at a trailer park off of Highway 48 in Franklin County. Officials said Soto shot Bahena while he was sitting in a car in front of a home.

"There was some kind of altercation between the two men at the home. When the one came back that's when he was shot and killed," said Oliver.

Others in Franklin County told WAAY 31 they're glad Soto is no longer escaping justice.

"It's pretty awesome that they finally caught him and get him behind bars so hopefully nobody else will be hurt," said Charlene Wiginton.

Soto is being held without bond at the Franklin County Jail.

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